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D-155 school board approves staff contracts during Tuesday meeting

Vote came after hours of executive session

Crystal Lake-based Community High School District 155 Superintendent Steve Olson attends an Operations Committee meeting Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.
Crystal Lake-based Community High School District 155 Superintendent Steve Olson attends an Operations Committee meeting Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.

The Community High School District 155 school board on Tuesday unanimously approved contracts – which include raises over the next few years – for all of its administrators except the superintendent.

The vote for the contracts, as well as an agreement with the district’s support staff union, came after an hours-long executive session, which is closed to the public.

“[The] district approved an administrative compensation structure for the upcoming three-year period of 2019-20 through 2021-22. District administration will receive average annual increases of 2.4 percent in salaries and benefits,” according to a news release provided Tuesday after the contracts were approved.

District officials would not provide the full contracts Tuesday night.

The board also approved a four-year agreement with its support staff union, CHESS. The agreement begins July 1 and will run through June 30, 2023.

The full agreement will be posted on the district website and will provide District 155 support personnel with average annual increases of 3.9% in salaries and benefits, according to the news release.

“We sincerely appreciate the hard work and professionalism demonstrated by our employee unions during our many negotiations this year. [District 155] recognizes the impact our employees have on our students, schools, and community,” Superintendent Steve Olson said in the release. “We thank them for their commitment to [District 155] and value their continuous dedication to ensure every student enters with promise and leaves with purpose.”

In January 2018, the board approved a multi-year contract for Olson. It goes through the 2020-21 school year.

Teacher contract already approved

Earlier this year, the board approved a three-year teachers’ contract that includes an increase in pay and benefits for district employees.

“The new agreement provides an average increase in base salaries of 1.5 percent in each of the three successive years of the contract with corresponding total annual increases of 3.87 percent, 3.86 percent and 3.87 percent in each of those same three years of the contract for teachers who have achieved a step increase due to experience in the district,” according to a news release handed out after the vote. “When compounded, this contract represents a 12 percent total increase over three years to the salary and benefits for teachers.”

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